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Sudan PM Abdalla Hamdok and other Govt officials detained in apparent coup

KHARTOUM: Sudan security forces have taken its Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to an unknown location after he refused to deliver a statement in support of an ongoing coup, the information ministry.

According to the information ministry, while soldiers also detained many civilian leaders.

“Civilian members of the transitional sovereign council and a number of ministers from the transitional government have been detained by joint military forces,” the ministry said in a statement on Facebook.

The ministry’s statement came just hours after Al-Hadath TV in Dubai reported that security officers had besieged the prime minister’s home and placed him under house arrest.
“A force from the army detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and brought him to an unidentified place after he refused to be a part of the coup,” the ministry statement added.
Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh and the governor of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, Ayman Khalid, are among the other civilian officials detained, according to reports.
Faisal Mohammed Saleh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul, media adviser to the prime minister, and the spokesman for Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, were also arrested, as per reports.

 

Sudan has been on edge since a botched coup attempt last month sparked bitter recriminations between military and civilian factions who were supposed to share power following the ouster of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.

Following months of public protests in 2019, Al-Bashir was deposed, and a political transition agreed upon after his ouster was to lead to elections by the end of 2023.

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